[ASK] Which of these techniques work in tray/silent mode

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[ASK] Which of these techniques work in tray/silent mode

by coolcocky on Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:45 am

Hi,

Just want to clarify some doubts some techniques and how they respond if macros is running in tray

1. Image Search

I know that image search command requires focus. However, how would imacros react, if its started in tray and it encounters image search statement.

2. Direct Screen

Do direct screen commands work when macro is running in tray, or do they also require focus.

3. Prompt Command

If a macro is running in tray, how it reacts, if it encounters prompt statement, does it prompt only the prompt dialog or brings into focus the whole macro

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Re: [ASK] Which of these techniques work in tray/silent mode

by Tech Support on Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:55 am

1. Image Search

I know that image search command requires focus. However, how would imacros react, if its started in tray and it encounters image search statement.


IMAGESEARCH works in tray mode. IMAGECLICK is IMAGESEARCH + DS CLICK => so see #2 for this

2. Direct Screen
Do direct screen commands work when macro is running in tray, or do they also require focus.


It depends. A DS CLICK command on a simple HTML link (as example) works fine in tray mode. However, some Flash/Java applets themselves do not work correctly in tray mode, so in this case the DS CLICK on them fails, as the applet itself is not ready to react. Therefore we recommend to run Flash automation macros not in tray mode.

Please note that this not a focus issue! Flash applets (and therefore DS) work fine in the background. This is unlike all other "normal" macro recorders that require the automated application to be in the foreground (= have focus). With iMacros you can have 10 open overlapping browser windows, and all of them can be automated without problem. But with tray mode there is no visible browser window at all - and this is what some applets do not "like".

3. Prompt Command
If a macro is running in tray, how it reacts, if it encounters prompt statement, does it prompt only the prompt dialog or brings into focus the whole macro

This is fully supported. The screen will shortly flicker, as iMacros can only catch the dialog after it is opened, and it does so within a few milliseconds.
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